Back in Time

Anglers Mail - - Front Page -

Dave’s Avin’ it

The fan­tas­tic Dave Coster’s Fish­ing Di­ary veered off course slightly in this week’s Mail. He set out for his first-ever attempt at ‘fluff-chuck­ing’, tar­get­ing the jumbo trout at the fa­mous Av­ing­ton Lakes, in Hamp­shire, where he was joined by his coach for the day Peter Cock­will, the former World fly fish­ing cham­pion Tony Paw­son and le­gendary Ox­ford spec­i­men hunter Peter Stone.

The fel­las were off to a promis­ing start, spot­ting some huge rain­bow trout prowl­ing around the mar­gins in the gin-clear, spring-fed wa­ters. Peter sug­gested a Walker Mayfly Nympth to his pupil, Dave, which was soon in­ves­ti­gated by a trout es­ti­mated at 7 lb. But a slight er­ror, caused by a ner­vous set of fin­gers, halted the fly’s re­trieve and the rain­bow sensed dan­ger and veered away. With no time to dwell on what could have been, Dave had soon mas­tered the art of cast­ing and re­triev­ing, and was re­warded with a fine trio of vividly coloured rain­bows (ex­pertly il­lus­trated by Tony Whiel­don), the big­gest of which weighed 3 lb 10 oz.

Su­per stick­le­back

Tom Legge re­ported a po­ten­tial new record, in the shape of a plump, three-spined stick­le­back. The mini-beast was 3.5 in. long, and tipped the scales at 7.2 g. The lucky cap­tor was ten-year-old Tot­ten­ham an­gler Mark Vaughan, who was tar­get­ing small roach on a size 20 hook to 0.5 lb line when the su­per-sized stick­le­back snaf­fled his sin­gle mag­got.

Canny young Mark took the fish to Dave Coster’s Tot­ten­ham Angling Cen­tre, where it was kept alive in an aquar­ium, be­fore be­ing taken to the Avon Scale Com­pany, in Ed­mon­ton, where it was weighed, wit­nessed and pho­tographed, be­fore be­ing re­leased back in Con­naught Wa­ters, in Ep­ping For­est, Es­sex.

Dave re­marked: “I’ve never seen a stick­le­back like it.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.